Where do you place your hands on a kayak paddle?
As a general rule of thumb, your hands should be slightly wider than your shoulder width and evenly spaced along the shaft of the paddle. If you hold your paddle straight out in front of you, the rounded portion or the concave portion of the paddle should be facing you.
How can you tell if a paddle is left or right hand feathered?
Once your paddle is sized, the next step is to determine which hand will “control” the paddle, and it may or may not be the hand your write with. Basically, if you paddle right-handed, your right hand will grip the shaft firmly, while your left hand allows the shaft to rotate freely as you paddle, and vice versa.
Is kayaking good for your shoulders?
However, there are some steps you can take to help keep your shoulder healthy. First is flexibility. Kayaking in such a forward movement, that our shoulders start rolling forward. We get tightness in our pects and the muscles of the posterior capsule.
What is the paddlers box?
The paddler’s box is a ~square produced by your chest, straight arms and the paddle shaft. Reach out with straight arms and always hold your paddle as far from your body as possible. Keep hands and paddle as low as possible (except the top hand on a vertical stroke like the forward stroke).